outer court

Period: gothic

Once a visitor to the abbey passed through the fortified entry gate and crossed the parvis in front of the church, he (or rarely, she) gained access to the outer court through an interior enclosure wall to the south. There, a large courtyard served as the zone of delivery of goods and services to the abbey community. The refectory (with its underground storage cellars) lay to the east, with the conversi building to the south, a large grange to the west, and another grange nearer to the gateway.

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